When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
In the past 30 years, light artists have reimagined an art form that has always had the ability to turn the night sky, or a simple window, into luminescence. Last fall, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts turned its southern glass wall into a parade of sound-sensing lights, Lightswarm, that changes with the movements of nearby people and things. Future Cities Lab, the San Francisco design company behind Lightswarm, has originated another notable light sculpture. Located by the YBCA's steps at 701 Mission, Murmur Wall will light up in arresting ways as it incorporates local trending search engine results and social media postings. Onlookers can offer their own contributions, which will feed into the Murmur Wall's data stream and light up the sculpture. What's trending in San Francisco? If you're walking by the YBCA, you can see firsthand — at least through light patterns that reflect the city's volatile internet habits.
Murmur Wall debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through May 31, 2017, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Free; 415-978-2700 or ybca.org. More
In view of the Occupy Movement, this year’s commemoration of the Occupation of Alcatraz takes on a much deeper resonance for non-Native Americans, and it offers fresh poignancy to the annual The Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony, also referred to as Unthanksgiving Day. In 1969, when representatives of Indians of All Tribes took over the Rock, they were able to cite a specific treaty between the Sioux and the U.S. government, stating that ownership of all abandoned or out-of-use federal land was to revert to native peoples, but the greater aim was to bring attention to a system of greed, inequality, exploitation, and thievery. Their encampment lasted for 19 months, with near-daily radio broadcasts, a newsletter, and visits from the likes of Jane Fonda, Anthony Quinn, and Marlon Brando. Eventually, it was ended by force. For the politically keen, Unthanksgiving Day recognizes the bloom of the Red Power Movement and helps amend America’s founding stories. For those of a less strident bent, this is one of the more lovely ways to see the place we call home: In the hours before dawn, hundreds of people board ferries huddled against the fog. Alcatraz looms strange and ghostly against the inky water, dampening voices as folks hike the summit. The morning light stretches over the city, prayers and thanks are given, ceremonial dances offered, and everyone is welcomed to the new day.
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Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'.
Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"